ESGRisk.ai

Frequently Asked Questions

ESG rating is an objective, independent and unbiased opinion on a company’s ability to mitigate future/emerging risks associated with Environment, Social, and Governance issues that can have a material financial impact on the company’s financials. ESG rating identifies a company’s exposure to relevant industry specific ESG risks and benchmarks the company’s management of the risks to that of peers in the industry (laggards and leaders). An ESG rating can be considered a performance indicator illustrating companies’ long- term sustainability, growth potential and future performance in an ever changing market. The ESG rating allows the investors/lenders to take more informed decisions.

Once a company has been rated, we continuously review and update the company’s ESG scores and rating. ESGRisk.ai discontinues the rating in case of specific corporate events like merger, acquisition or dissolution, de-listing. Subscribers are informed about such discontinuation.

ESGRisk.ai has adopted a ‘subscriber-pays’ model allowing regulators, investors, companies and universities to get access to our ESG rating reports. The extensive use of technology allows a by and large automated analysis of the publicly available data and rating, which is overseen by our analysts. To ensure objectivity, the analysts’ compensation is not linked to rating outcome, neither are analysts allowed to rate companies where a conflict of interest is present. Moreover, before a company’s rating is published, the rating is shared for feedback with the company and stakeholders. A careful adoption of business model, internal firewalls, compensations and other policies, transparent disclosure of methodology and taxonomy, and allowing companies to review data used for assessments and provide their feedback on data, ensures that the ratings are unbiased.

No, ESG rating is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold any security, financial instruments.
Investors worldwide are investing in businesses that are more responsible. They are also looking for models that will be able to predict failures due to issues such as climate risk, social inequality and ethics in business. ESG assessments are widely accepted as a tool that helps users to evaluate company’s and industry’s performance on ESG issues.

ESGRisk.ai believes a large number of stakeholders are interested in identifying responsible and sustainable businesses (leaders and laggards) across industries. ESG rating has been accepted by the investor community as a very effective tool to identify companies aligned with their investment interests. Regulators, financial institutions, think tanks, etc. want to better understand and monitor companies and industries’ ESG performance and impact on sustainable development. Companies want to compare their performance with competitors. Across the world; environmental, social and governance related compliances are increasingly regulating the business sector and many countries have started mandatory reporting of ESG aspects. Subscribers are looking for a reliable and comprehensive assessments that provides a unbiased and predictive models, which helps them identify companies exposure and performance related to climate risk, social inequality and ethics in business. ESGRisk.ai provides subscribers the opportunity to access all companies that we have rated, a continuously growing database.

ESGRisk.ai uses the National Industry Classification (NIC code).

ESGRisk.ai has covered 1000 (by market capitalisation) listed Indian companies. In case our clients request coverage of specific companies, we will consider these requests on a case to case basis.

We have data security protocols in place, once the published results are available, there is user level access via our secure portal. Access is only provided to your company authorized personnel; for your organizations reports.

Our taxonomy and reporting standards confirm to the following National and Global frameworks.

GRI – Global Reporting Initiative

BRSR – Business Reporting Sustainability Reporting

 TCFD – Task force for Climate Disclosures framework

The efficacy of a company’s environmental risk management framework can be assessed by scrutinizing the results of the company’s environment management practices. Usually, the outcomes are evident through reductions in emissions, reduction in waste, better use of water, etc. and if the results are aligned with the targets the company has set for itself, the ESG risk management framework can be assumed as effective

Similarly, for social compliance, the evaluation examines how a company manages its relationships with different stakeholders such as employees, suppliers, customers and communities among others. For example, does the company take employee health and safety, career development and labor rights into consideration while developing its policies, plan location and investment outlays? Is the company engaged in community support and development? Does it require its supply chain to follow ESG principles?

For governance, the evaluation covers the board independence, diversity, leadership, executive pay, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights. For example, the choice of its board members, independence, diversity and experience, shareholder rights measured by their ability to vote on important issues among others.

ESGRisk.ai’s ESG ratings are based on 3 categories, 19 themes with – 9 in Environment, 4 in Social and 6 in Governance.

ESGRisk.ai’s ESG assessment methodology – The performance on these 19 themes are assessed by measuring the strategy, performance and results on 35 Key Issues and 1000 indicators. This is one of the most comprehensive and robust analytical models in the industry.

Indicators are weighted, normalized and scored based on the company’s key issue-specific performance. Scores are aggregated using materiality and polarity to derive the ESG score, following which the scores are reviewed by the analysts to assign the ESG rating on a AAA-C scale.

We have an industry specific granular approach to our taxonomy. The materiality and relevance of environmental and social indicators vary across industries. Since not all indicators are relevant to every industry, ESGRisk.ai has identified the industry applicability of each indicator and 90% of environmental and 93% of social indicators are sector specific.

We currently have data of over 600 domestic listed companies and will soon be having data of over 1000 companies.

Annual Report, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, Sustainability reports, Integrated report, BRR report, ESGM/AGM notice, Press releases, Vote results, Company website, NGO/Government websites, News (news are monitored on a daily basis for information).

We continuously monitor news items/ corporate events which can have a negative impact on the scores of companies. Based on the severity of such news the rating for your organization is reviewed and may result in a reduction of scores.

Once the organization resolves the controversy and mitigates future risks related to the event, the same will be reviewed and the scores can get impacted positively.

The ESGRisk.ai’s ESG assessment is comprehensive and includes the following steps:

  • Assigning relevancy and materiality to the indicators
  • Accounting for polarity
  • Scoring each indicator
  • Aggregating scores of individual indicators to the overall score using weights
  • Assigning ratings
  • Scoring a company on transparency

The overall transparency score is calculated as: Number of indicators where performance can be ascertained through disclosures / Total material indicator Transparency scores are also calculated at different at key issue level, theme level or category level

In regular intervals, ESG Risk AI reviews the materiality of each indicator assigned to each industry as well as their weights. The revision is a forward-looking process to identify emerging issues and reduce or eliminate issues that are receding in prominence. As part of the review, ESG Risk AI updates its clients about proposed changes and seeks their feedback. In addition, we also perform discretionary reviews.

There are score bands and each band is assigned to a rating. If the organization score falls under the respective band, it will be assigned the related rating. The following table gives the bands and the rating categories

Table for mapping ESG scores to rating.

Rating Scale

Scores

What the rating signifies

High End

Low End

ESG-RISK AAA

Above 871

An ESG leader who is successfully managing all ESG risks

ESG-RISK AA

870

721

An ESG leader reliably managing all material ESG risks

ESG-RISK A

720

571

An ESG leader with a largely positive track record of managing material risks.

ESG-RISK BBB

570

421

A Company with a good track record of risk management, but no evidence of a robust framework

ESG-RISK BB

420

271

A Company with a mixed track record of risk management and no evidence of a robust framework

ESG-RISK B

270

121

A company with poor track record of risk management and absence of a risk management framework.

ESG-RISK C

Below 120

A company that is drastically impacted by ESG risks

  1. The ESG assessment and report will help the organization to understand their current status and the progress made on various parameters.
  2. It will help an intra and inter industry comparison, across similar size organizations. This will enable you to identify your strengths and improvement areas.
  3. ESG risk management is very important for the larger society, environment, regulations and employee well-being. Reviewing ESG reports helps corporates identify their gaps and address their key focus areas.
  4. From an Investor’s perspective, ESGRisk.ai’s reports provide detailed research, performance of the organisation. The report simplifies the process of scrip selection and portfolio management. Besides simplifying, our ESG reports also help the investors meet the regulation requirements.

You will be given your login credentials. You can use this with an additional layer of security through an one-time password (OTP) received via e-mail every time you login. You can view the reports on our portal or e-mail reports to your mail id.

You will have access to detailed reports for the latest period.

There is no change required to be made in your existing process or systems. Most of the data is collated from published results for listed companies. For additional disclosures or for unlisted companies, you are required to provide the data to us via our authorized vendor’s data platform along with supporting documents.

Data can be provided on excel via email however preferred way to provide this is through our authorized data provider’s data portal

In case you want some change in disclosures or data points or would like to highlight a discrepancy, please get in touch with your analyst or write to us at support@esgrisk.ai

We do not provide advisory to companies to improve their ESG Risk management practices. However, on request we can help companies with a gap analysis report that can help the company identify risk areas and take appropriate actions for risk mitigation.

ESGRisk.ai uses publicly available information for its assessment reports. The data used for assessments can be reviewed by the company being assessed and if there are data gaps and other discrepancies or any additional information to be considered for assessments, the company can also provide these inputs to us through our data portal. ESGRisk.ai will consider the company’s feedback on data and refresh the assessment based on merits of the submission.

We have a separate Gap analysis report which can provide a detailed analysis of gaps and thus help in improving your ESG performance. Please contact your ESGRisk.ai representative for the same.